21st Century socialist organization
Louis N Proyect
lnp3 at columbia.edu
Tue Sep 12 09:19:36 MDT 1995
Did you read my "Bolshevism in Context" article? I made clear there that
the basis of agreement Lenin required for Social Democracy in 1902 was
pretty simple: Marxism. He argued that Iskra should be a platform for
varying Marxist viewpoints so that a strategy for a Russian revolution
could be achieved.
There is as much political agreement on this list as there was in Russian
Social Democracy in 1902. The only thing a list like this obviously lacks
is an orientation toward action. So in that case, Jerry, you are correct.
But the socialist party I want to build in the United States would
include just about every point of view that exists on this list, except
for Chris Sciabarra, a heckuva guy nonetheless, and some dogmatic DSA
types. I should add at this point that I don't consider DSA an "opponent"
of the type of party I think needs to be built. DSA, should under the
best of circumstances, fit into our own revolution the way that social
democrat Guillermo Ungo fit into the Salvador revolution. The FSLN, by
the way, held membership in the Socialist International.
On Tue, 12 Sep 1995 glevy at acnet.pratt.edu wrote:
> > Louis Proyect:
> > I would argue that this list in its embryonic form represents the kind of
> > socialist organization that is needed world-wide as we approach the 21st
> > century.
> MERCY ME! Louis, please explain the above more. I didn't realize that we
> were a "socialist organization", I thought we were a marxism mailing list.
> BTW, I agree with much of the rest of your comments.
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